40 years of faulty wiring

Anonymous Victims and Glorified Killers….Adding Insult to Grave (pun) Injury

You know what is so glaringly wrong about abduction-murder-rape cases?  Aside from the crime itself, it is almost always the murderer who creates a media sensation and becomes the famed name behind a tragedy that goes down in history books.  Far too often the victims are overlooked and fade into anonymity.  Clearly there are exceptions.  Consider:

  1. Tate-LaBianca murders committed by the Charles Manson cult in the late 1960s.  One reason the victims received significant attention was Sharon Tate’s celebrity status and that she was married to Roman Polanski, the one-time director of Hollywood films. Another reason the victims featured prominently in the press was the gruesome manner in which they were slaughtered. In watch E! Shocking Hollywood Murders – Tate-LaBianca murders
  2. Elizabeth Short – The Black Dahlia – murdered in 1948 either by exsanguination (blood loss) or blunt force trauma to the head.  Elizabeth’s beauty, her alleged reputation and the ghastly state of her corpse were the main reasons she dominated the media.  Also, her killer was never found. watch unsolved mysteries the black dahlia
  3. Lynne Harper – although her murder is better known as the Steven Truscott case, Lynne’s name is well-known in southwestern Ontario, Canada due to her age (12) and the controversy surrounding the wrongful imprisonment of 15-year-old Steven for her murder. Her murder remains unsolved, another reason Lynne’s name is relatively familiar. watch steven truscott gets acquittal
  4. Boy in the Box – people of the 1950s America were very familiar with this child since he became a national sensation.  In 1957 he was found nude and battered in a J C Penney bassinet box, abandoned in a junk pile on Susquehannah Road, Philadelphia. Five decades later, the Vidoq Society, composed of volunteers, are still searching for the killer’s identity. (read my blog Solving the Murder of the Boy in the Box: America’s unknown child). read America’s Unknown Child – the Boy in the Box
  5. Charles Lindbergh Jr. – the toddler of famous aviator Charles Lindbergh, was abducted from his bedroom and accidentally killed when the killer dropped the infant as he climbed down the ladder from little Charles’ room. Richard Hauptmann was executed for the abduction and killing on April 3, 1936 but many believed Hauptmann could not have been the killer for various reasons. watch Richard Hauptmann’s statement from behind bars 1935
  6. Jonbenet Ramsey – now that’s a name everyone who doesn’t live under a rock knows.  Little Jonbenet, exploited as a beauty queen in several pageants, was found raped and murdered in the basement of her home.  Her murder remains unsolved. Watch real crime – who killed the pageant queen?
  7. Amber Hagerman – the reason for the Amber Alert system whenever an infant, child or youth is reported as missing.  A shame it didn’t work in the Victoria Stafford case. watch Missing Amber: The Amber Hagerman story

There are several more, however we shall move onto murder victims whose names have become as obscure as a forgotten memory:

  1. William Lyman – do you remember him?  That proves my point.  His 1837 murder in Rochester, New York, was sensationalized simply for the fact that he was the first person murdered in Rochester. 18-year-old Octavius Baron, a known miscreant, was executed for Lyman’s murder on June 7, 1838. Does anyone really care? Read rochester mysteries:the murder of william lyman
  2. Grace Brown – murdered in the early 1900’s by her love interest, Chester Gillette after he discovered she was pregnant with his child. Brown threatened to expose him to the upper class society he moved in if he didn’t marry her. Gillette drowned her in Big Moose Lake. On March 30, 1908, Gillette was electrocuted and buried in an unmarked grave near Albany, New York. Read The American Tragedy: the missing boat  Grace who?
  3. Robert Colvert, Marion, Velda and Betty Jean Bartlett – Victims of Charles Starkweather, the real life inspiration for the movie Natural Born Killers with Juliet Lewis and Woody Harrelson.  These people were the first four Starkweather murdered. Betty Jean was a young child at the time.  Bet you didn’t know that, did you? watch charles starkweather p 1
  4. Betty Gore – murdered by her husband’s mistress, Candy Montgomery, in a 1980 axe murder.  Montgomery’s mousey appearance made for a media sensation. Montgomery was the star of the homicide case and, not to be outdone by Lizzy Borden, had hacked Betty 41 times during the murder. Montgomery was acquitted. You might be familiar with the murder photos, but I’d bet my life (oops) you didn’t know Betty’s name. read murder by the book: candy and betty
  5. Marvin, Marvin Jr and Lester Gibbs – all poisoned by mama Janie Lou Gibbs’ good ol’ home cooking. Okay so those long-forgotten names mean nothing to most of us, they were people, victims, and they mattered.  Once. Watch deadly women: greed – 28:16
  6. George Melber – 5-year-old son of Mrs. Edith Melber who murdered her son with carbolic acid poison ostensibly to marry one Howard Kirk. Not a pretty sight and to think, it was the child’s own mother who did him in. Read Rochester woman kills son with carbolic acid

Worse, there are a number of websites that list serial killers by the number of victims they killed:  Read List of serial killers by number of victims.  No victim identities are included. Sad, isn’t it? Here is a partial list of notorious killers that are generally familiar to the public:
1. Lizzie Borden“Lizzie Borden took an axe, gave her mother 40 whacks.  When she saw what she had done she gave her father 41.”  Sound familiar?  The victims identities, Andrew and Abby Borden, aren’t even acknowledged in this grisly crime.

2. Marie Hilley – sociopath who poisoned and killed her husband, poisoned her daughter, and poisoned and murdered several relatives in order to claim insurance money. Actress Judith Light played Hilley in a made-for-TV film in 1991.  She was found guilty and sentenced to the death penalty for the murder of her husband and attempted murder of her daughter. Watch a clip of Wife/Mother/Murderer

3. Blanche Taylor Moore – Like Hilley, Moore’s murder weapon of choice was arsenic. Moore murdered her ex-boyfriend, two husbands, father, and mother-in-law. Like Hilley, her motive was financial gain. Perhaps those two should get together for a picnic and swap stories. They might not want to eat each other’s cooking. On November 17, 1990, a jury sentenced Moore to death.  She has been on death row for twenty years and maintains her innocence. Watch a taste of poison – the story of blanche taylor moor

4. Karla Faye Tucker – convicted of murder in Texas in 1994 executed 14 years later. Because of her gender and publicized conversion to Christianity, she inspired a large international movement advocating the commutation of her sentence to life imprisonment. Garret hit Dean in the head several timers and Tucker attacked Jerry Dean and murdered his girlfriend Deborah Thornton with a pickaxe. She was executed by lethal injection on February 3, 1998.  watch karla faye tucker forevermore interview #4

5. Diane Downs – shot her three children on Old Mohawk Road, Springfield, Oregon on May 19 1983 so her married lover would re-ignite an affair with her. Downs was convicted of murder, attempted murder and criminal assault on June 17, 1984. She was sentenced to life in prison and has made several unsuccessful appeals for 28 years. Watch raw video: Diane Downs testifies at parole hearing

6. John Wayne Gacy – prominent community member and serial killer of 33 teenage boys and young men between 1972 and 1978. Gacy sexually assaulted and tortured his victims before burying most of them in the crawl space beneath his house. Gacy became known as the Killer Clown since he dressed up as Pogo the Clown for fundraising events.  Gacy was charged and convicted of 33 counts of murder.  Gacy was sentenced to death and remained on death row for 14 years until he was executed by lethal injection on May 10, 1994. watch john wayne gacy interview

  1. 7. Dr Samuel Sheppard – accused of murdering his pregnant wife Marilyn in 1954.  Sheppard was the inspiration for the movie The Fugitive. The case drew a media circus nationwide since Sheppard had been having an extramarital affair. The defense argued that the crime scene was extremely bloody, and Sheppard bore only a small spot on his trousers. The jury found Sheppard guilty of second degree murder and sentenced him to life in prison. After 10 years of serving his sentence, Sheppard was acquitted. watch the dr sam sheppard murder case his son seeks the real killer
  2. 8. Timothy McVeigh – a United States Army veteran who detonated a truck bomb at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995. The delusional McVeigh sought revenge against the federal government over the Waco Siege. He was convicted of 11 federal offenses and sentenced to death. His execution took place on June 11, 2001. watch timothy mcveigh: this mission was accomplished

9. Aileen Wuornos – a female serial killer executed for the shotgun deaths of seven men in 1989 and 1990 in Florida. Evidence of Wuorno’s mental deterioration emerged when she accused prison matrons of tainting her food, spitting on it, and contaminating her food with urine. Wuornos was executed by death chamber on October 9, 1992. Watch aileen life and death of a serial killer

There’s something about morbid fascination with killers, rather than sympathy and remembrance of their victims, that makes one wonder about our priorities.


April 20, 2012 - Posted by | Bizarre yet True, Crime and Punishment, Human psychology, Reflections | , , , ,


    • thanks for reblogging – take care

      Comment by gothrules | May 13, 2012 | Reply

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